• The Pleasing Aroma

    Genesis 8:20–22

    Noah’s sacrifice prefigures Christ’s in many ways. But while Noah only placates God’s judgment of creation temporarily (“while earth remains,” 8:22) and cannot secure the salvation of the Lord’s people, Jesus forever turns away the ...Read More

  • Noah Went Out

    Genesis 8:18–19

    In our day, there are many people in Christian churches who confess Christ but have not trusted Him or followed His way. Even some who read this devotional today may not be in the heavenly kingdom. If you have never ...Read More

  • Out From the Ark

    Genesis 8:13–17

    Some might argue Noah helped save himself by building the ark. Note however, it was the Lord who graciously gave Him the blueprints for it (Gen. 6:15–16). Moreover, it was not his work that justified him but rather ...Read More

  • The Ark Came to Rest

    Genesis 8:1b–5

    The story of Utnapishtim is not the only one offering us a history that remakes God in our image, downplaying His holiness and our depravity. Radical groups like the Jesus Seminar continue to offer us images of a Jesus who ...Read More

  • Another Seven Days

    Genesis 8:6–12

    If Noah could worship in the less-than-ideal conditions of the ark, certainly we in the West cannot, in most cases, use tiredness as an excuse to skip Sunday services, especially when so many Christians in other countries risk their lives ...Read More

  • The Flood Continued

    Genesis 7:17–24

    Are you going through some period of difficulty right now? Perhaps someone close to you has recently died. Maybe you are ill or are doubting the Lord’s promises. Perchance a friend or family member is suffering. If you feel ...Read More

  • The Heavens Open

    Genesis 7:11–16

    John Calvin comments that water “threatens us with death from above and from beneath, except so far as it is restrained by the hand of God.” We may not be so inclined to view them as such today, but the ...Read More

  • As God Had Commanded

    Genesis 7:6–10

    The commendations of Noah’s righteousness are intended to illustrate the benefits of holiness and motivate our obedience. Those who seek to follow all that the Lord commands can rightly expect a blessing, even if the fullness of this blessing ...Read More

  • Clean Animals

    Genesis 7:1–5

    One of the great heritages of the Reformed tradition is the regulative principle, which recognizes that worship must be governed by the Word of God and not whatever we happen to think is best. How do you approach the worship ...Read More

  • All God Commanded

    Genesis 6:19–22

    John Calvin writes, “the obedience of Noah is celebrated on this account, that it was entire, not partial; so that he omitted none of those things which God had commanded.” This faithfulness was not rendered in order to earn a ...Read More

  • Come Into the Ark

    Genesis 6:17–18

    The Westminster Confession of Faith summarizes the biblical teaching on the visible church when it says that outside of the church there is no ordinary possibility of salvation (25.2). Being a visible church member does not guarantee a place ...Read More

  • An Ark of Gopher Wood

    Genesis 6:14–16

    As we trust on the Messiah who has already come, the Old Testament saints trusted on God’s promise of the One who would come. Noah was saved because of the work of Christ, the goal of the covenant God ...Read More

  • God’s Determination

    Genesis 6:12–13

    As Christians, we are all concerned to place Christ at the center of our lives. However, putting Jesus at the center of our attention involves more than just intellectual assent to His teaching or a verbal affirmation of trust. As ...Read More

  • A Righteous Man

    Genesis 6:9–11

    John Calvin comments on this passage, “they are called just and upright, not who are in every respect perfect, and in whom there is no defect; but who cultivate righteousness purely, and from their heart.” Are you cultivating holiness in ...Read More

  • Jude, Brother of James

    Jude 1–2

    Take some time to read through the book of Jude today in preparation for this month’s study. Consider that Jude, out of humility, does not assert his physical kinship with Jesus but describes himself as a humble servant of ...Read More